We had the good fortune of connecting with Alison Clancy and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alison, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
To me, “risk” is like that one friend you have that you can only hang out with once in a while because they’re so exciting and fun, but unpredictable and you get a bit nauseous before you go to meet up with them. This person makes your life spark, but they’re not the bestie you call when your tire blows out on the highway.

Having risk in your life is imperative to growth, even if it doesn’t work out how you imagined. “Never a failure, always a lesson.” “Shoot for the moon, land among the stars,” and all that. The real question is, WHEN do you take a risk? Ask yourself: ​

1) What’s the worst-case scenario look like? How does it make me feel?
2) What’s the best-case scenario? look like? How does it make me feel?
3) Who else will be affected by my decision?

That “feeling” part is the most important. Trust your gut. Remember that a risk is your decision, and no one else’s.

When I moved from Massachusetts to the west coast by myself in my early twenties, my family and friends thought I was nuts. I can’t explain that one other than knowing that I had to do it in order to find what I wanted in my career, which was tech and music. And turns out, I was right. There were massive failures in that journey (that’s for another chat), but it’s all in service of getting to where you need to be.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a community builder for most of my 10+ years in marketing. My two great loves are community building and music. By day, I’m the Community Manager and Overachievers Program Manager at Smartsheet, and by night, I’m on the Events team for Sofar Sounds San Diego. For more on my story, cruise over here: http://sdvoyager.com/interview/check-out-alison-clancys-story/.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Buona Forchetta is always on the list, as well as El Zarape or Puesto for Mexican. Balboa Park, Torrey Pines, Coronado Beach, walking around the shops in North Park on 30th and University, going to Rose Wine Bar in South Park, and taking them to a Sofar Sounds show! San Diego is the best.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out all of the strong and fierce women who make up my very active group texts and WhatsApp threads! Thanks for counseling me on every risk I’ve ever taken, even if it’s “Should I get vanilla or regular almond milk today?”

Website: You can point people to my IG or LinkedIn

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_alisonclancy_/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisonclancy/

Image Credits
Main photo is taken by Alfredo Lopez https://instagram.com/skateheadz_photography?utm_medium=copy_link

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